25th October 2020:
Welcome to our Online Sunday Service at Llanelwy Community Church.
Feel free to use this service whenever you want. However, the idea is that, if you can, to start at 10:30 on Sunday. Then, at 11:45 on Sunday, we’ll have a zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87287366294. If you click on this link now, you can download the zoom client (which is free) so you are ready to go, or just use the webpage to join. If none of that works for you, please simply ring other people in the congregation or do a messenger-group-chats together (or however you do online chats!) encourage one-another and generally catch up with one another.
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We start by giving praise to God thanking him for who he is and what he has done for us.
Bible reading: Psalm 107v8-9
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, 9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things”
Children’s slot! And we give thanks for what God has given us using this wonderful worship song for all-ages.
For this online service, we take a break from our usual online service format to pray for the work of BMS World Mission, and to look at the Harvest materials that they have put together which focuses on the BMS hospital in Chad.
We also will be remembering those in need in St Asaph, Wales and Great Britain as we pray for those in need in our country and remember the work of foodbanks locally and across the UK.
So First, BMS.
BMS World Mission was formerly known as the Baptist Missionary Society. They are supported by people across denominations but extensively across Baptist Churches.
BMS works among some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people, in some of the most fragile places on earth. They aim to bring life in all its fullness through seven key ministries: church, development, education, health, justice, leadership and relief.
But whilst BMS is extremely effective, it is never just an aid agency. BMS state that The highest goal of all they do is to bring people to faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and an experience of the abundant life that only he can provide.
Here is a 3 minute video introduction to the work of BMS
The mission of BMS is summarised as:
FAITH IN CHRIST, ABUNDANT LIFE
As a Christian mission organisation we aim to share life in all its fullness with the world’s peoples by:
- Enabling them to know Christ
- Alleviating suffering and injustice
- Improving the quality of life
- with people as our primary agents of change – motivating, training, sending and resourcing them.
For more general information about BMS see here:
Each year, BMS focus on a different part of the world for their Harvest appeal. This year, they are focussing on the BMS hospital in Chad.
First, though …. what do you know about Chad? Here’s a video quiz narrated by our minister, John.
Here is a colouring sheet for children (click on the pdf below for a high quality version)
Here is an information video introducing the work at the hospital in Chad. Followed by a sermon from Rev Simon Gudger, minister of Catshill Baptist Church in Bromsgrove. Simon has been invited by BMS to lead our reflections this year .
We remember that we are all image-bearers of God. And we give thanks, and praise to God who has forgiven us through Jesus and has adopted us into his family by his grace.
Romans 8v15b: “The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to ‘sonship’. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’. The Spirit himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children.”
Response: Financial Giving
We would usually split our harvest offering 50-50 between 3rd World aid and aid at home usually in the form of the local Denbigh or Rhyl foodbanks. If you would like to give to either of these, please either do so directly – or send your gift to us (church address) and we will make sure it gets to where it needs to go – or split it 50-50 as we normally would in our harvest appeal.
We finish our service with a well known Hymn… Great is Thy Faithfulness
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, now and forevermore, Amen.
Please ring each other and/or message each other to encourage and bless one-another.
If you are able, please join us for ‘post service coffee’ by zoom video conference at
https://zoom.us/j/87287366294 (Meeting ID: 87287366294. No password required). 11:45-12:15
Some additional information: At LLCC, as a church we are part of the support team for two BMS World Mission missionary families:
- Joe and Lois Ovenden who are in Uganda.
- Angus and Helen Douglas who are in Kathmandu, Nepal.
It’s been a priveledge for us at LLCC to have been visited in person by both Joe and Lois and by Angus and Helen in the past 3 years. They have both sent update letters this month. Here is some brief information about their work and links to their most recent more detailed prayer letters.
Joe and Lois work alongside local communities in post-conflict northern Uganda, where they are helping to rebuild livelihoods through development programmes and improve family life through communication therapy. Before beginning the adventure of overseas mission with BMS, Joe worked for the British Red Cross as a Youth and Schools Service Co-ordinator and completed a Masters in International Development, specialising in conflict resolution. Lois previously worked in a specialist community brain injury rehabilitation centre in Sheffield. Joe and Lois previously served in Zimbabwe alongside local partners. Lois was a speech and language therapist and Joe supported a number of local Christian development initiatives, focusing on capacity building and discipleship. They have three children, Connie, Reuben and Eleanor.
Here is their latest update:
For more information about Joe and Lois’s work click here:
Angus and Helen, together with their children, Caleb, Charis and Esther, moved to Nepal in 2012. Angus is Development Director at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC) where education is provided for missionary children. Angus trained as a chartered surveyor and has worked in commercial property. Helen is a GP and has trained in skin surgery and infectious disease. She advises on medical education in Kathmandu.
Here is their latest update:
For more information about Angus and Helen’s work click here:
For more information on the Trusell trust, click here
There are more harvest related links about the Trussell Trust and foodbanks here
On Wednesday evening at 7pm, join this week’s Prayer broadcast https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/338268/Prayer_broadcasts.aspx